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TheRide Seeks Public Input on Long Range Public Transportation Plan

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) is developing its next long-range public transportation plan and is seeking the public’s input to help shape the future of public transportation in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area.

The long-range public transportation plan will use community input to:

  • Create a vision for public transit in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
  • Guide and prioritize investments for the public transit network in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
  • Create a disciplined approach to achieve the goals outlined by TheRide’s Board of Directors
  • Coordinate efforts with other transportation projects and plans throughout the region
  • Public input will be accepted from October 1 through November 11. “We want to hear from our customers and community members alike to find out what they need and want from the public transportation system in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. This input, along with feedback from key stakeholders, will be used to shape future public transit services,” Tim Sanderson, Deputy CEO of Planning & Innovation at TheRide said.

    The public input sessions are scheduled for:

    Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Ypsilanti District Library
    5577 Whittaker Rd
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Branch
    343 S. 5th Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Spark East – Downtown Ypsilanti
    215 W. Michigan Ave
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    The public is also invited to stop by a drop-in session at the Blake Transit Center or Ypsilanti Transit Center. Those sessions are scheduled for:

    Tuesday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Blake Transit Center
    328 S. Fifth Ave
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Thursday, October 31, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Ypsilanti Transit Center
    220 Pearl St.
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Tuesday, November 5, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Ypsilanti Transit Center
    220 Pearl St.
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Thursday, November 7, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Blake Transit Center
    328 S. Fifth Ave
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, there are many other ways feedback can be submitted.

    Email:
    Planning@TheRide.org
    Subject: Long Range Plan

    Call: 734-794-1882

    Mail:
    Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
    c/o Planning Projects
    2700 S. Industrial Highway
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    You can find more information about the Long-Range Plan and provide comments online by visiting: TheRide.org/TransitForTomorrow.

    TheRide Introduces New Fall Service Schedule

    New FlexRide Service and Multiple Route Adjustments Start August 25

    ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) is introducing two-way service on several routes and adding FlexRide on-demand service in Pittsfield Township with its new Fall service schedule beginning on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

    Based on comments received during the public input period held earlier this year, the following adjustments and improvements are being implemented to improve on time performance and to enhance service to the community.

    Service adjustment details are available in the online version of the Fall Ride Guide, on buses and distributed to more than 300 local businesses.

    Grant Training Workshop to be Offered

    Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Detroit, September 9-10, 2019. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

    Click here for full event details.

    Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

    We are excited to offer your members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use discount code "MIASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.

    Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

    Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.

    Contacts:

    Tammy Pitts
    Grant Writing USA
    888.435.7281 toll free
    tammyp@grantwritingusa.com

    Sue Stetler, Manager, Communications
    SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
    313.324.3428
    stetler@semcog.org

    TheRide Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

    The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s (TheRide) Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal is drafted and available for public review. TheRide’s fiscal year runs October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

    The drafted Fiscal Year 2020 budget is balanced and continues to fund the service levels our riders rely on. TheRide’s services will continue with no major service changes. The budget is aligned with the overall direction established for the organization by TheRide’s Board of Directors and the Agency’s Strategic Business Plan.

    TheRide’s Fiscal Year 2020 draft budget proposal is available for review at https://www.theride.org/AboutUs/Strategic-Business-Plan-Budget. Members of the public are encouraged to make comments on these documents through August 15, 2019 using any of the following options:

    Attend a public meeting:

    Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.:
    Ann Arbor District Library
    Downtown Branch – 4th Floor Conference Room
    343 Fifth Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Wednesday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.:
    Ypsilanti District Library
    Room 2, Downstairs
    229 W. Michigan Avenue
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Submit comments online by visiting https://www.theride.org/AboutUs/Strategic-Business-Plan-Budget.

    Attend the public hearing:

    August 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
    Ann Arbor District Library
    Downtown Branch – 4th Floor Conference Room
    343 South Fifth Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

    The Fiscal Year 2020 budget will be formally adopted at the September 19, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting.

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